Wow! What a great bunch of replies!
The ctrl-x , ctrl-v thing works just fine. Using the mouse for copy/paste does work in the terminal, though.
Now that I can get my passcode into VASM, and VASM tells me I am connected, it is not connected. Iwconfig in the terminal tells me that the encryption key is off, and I haven't been able to get it to show "on".
As a matter of fact, I am not sure I am getting an IP address from the network. I can run "dhcpcd ath0", and get no return.
thanks, folks, for the help.
Now, I gotta figure out what else is going on,
Wireless card: Atheros 5005 Chipset
Compaq Evo P4 computer,
It is hard to copy the iwconfig and other terminal outputs so that I can go to another computer that is connected to the network. Vector will not let me access my flash memory thumb drive which is my data transport mode in this project.